Despite the fact that Opeth are preparing their 10th studio album, Heritage, for release this September, band mastermind Mikael Ã kerfeldt has said this record is particularly special. “I]t feels like Ive been building up to write for and participate on an album like this since I was 19,” he told Stereogum. And the record’s first track, “The Devil’s Orchard”, does its damnedest to back that sentiment up.
Featuring a big, rollicking sound drawing from the blues and jazz of the South as much as it does from the eternal hellfire of the Underworld, the track’s grand feel makes us think Ã kerfeldt has hit a newfound strive. It’s also a great follow-up to the near-five-star work of 2008’s Watershed. Check out “The Devil’s Orchard” below.
Produced by Ã kerfelt and mixed in part with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson, the album also features cameos by Swedish flautist/composer BjÃ¶rn J:son Lindh and Weather Report percussionist Alex AcuÃ±a. Heritage hits stores September 20th via Roadrunner Records.
02. The Devils Orchard
03. I Feel the Dark
08. The Lines in My Hand
10. Marrow of the Earth